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On his new record, Kansas City’s Bobby Watson plays tribute to black innovators

For jazz saxophonist Bobby Watson, writing songs is easier than it used to be.

“Because I know who I am, and I accept who I am,” Watson told Up to Date host Steve Kraske. “So when I’m writing a song, I’m not really trying to get outside of who I am.”

Watson is the William D. and Mary Grant/Missouri Professor of Jazz Studies at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. Read more from KCUR’s Laura Spencer…


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